Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bob's Rock

I can't remember the last time we dived Bob's Rock...Tasi Tolu is just too tempting. But we had a couple of good dives there today with Rob, Sarah, Neil and Richard.

Nembrotha lineolata with its oral tube extended inside an ascidian.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Crabs on a Sea Pen

Thanks to Neil and Richard for joining Diane and me for a dive at Tasi Tolu this morning.

Loki Whip Goby

This is likely Bryaninops loki, which is found on many whip corals and fans. And it looks as if the goby has a coral polyp in its mouth.

Friday, April 24, 2009

True Colors

The top photo was taken on April 11th. Today I photographed the same frogfish - bottom photograph - in the same location.

Dawn Dive at Tasi Tolu

Thanks to Ron, Jason, and Diane for an absolutely amazing dive at Tasi Tolu this morning. Our efforts to climb out of bed at 0500 were rewarded with a bunch of critters, including three seahorses and this beautiful little octopus.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Blue Ringed Octopus

Here's another photo of the Blue Ringed Octopus.

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Xeno Crab

This Xeno Crab (Xenocarcinus tuberculatus) was found on a whip coral at about 22 meters.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Coral Triangle Initiative

Indonesia to Push for Common Fund To Help Preserve Region’s Coral Reefs

The Coral Triangle Initiative, or CTI, countries — Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Solomon Islands — have currently earmarked a total of Rp 2.66 trillion ($250 million) for coral reef preservation but these funds remain under the control of each individual nation.

The leaders of the six CTI countries, along with representatives from the US and Australia, will attend the CTI Summit at the World Ocean Conference in Manado on May 11-15 to focus on "coral reefs, fisheries and food security".

Related resources:
Coral Triangle Initiative
World Ocean Conference (detailed agenda)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Allied Cowry Laying Eggs

Usually found feeding on the soft coral Dendronephthya, this allied cowry (Pseudosimnia) is laying a spiral of eggs around the branch of a Gorgonian coral.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Great Weekend at Tasi Tolu

We dived Tasi Tolu three times this weekend and were rewarded each time with new and interesting finds. This morning we joined Alex and Heather and found a colorful cuttlefish, juvenile pufferfish, and a couple seahorses!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Coral Transplant Surgery Prescribed for Japan

In the last decade up to 90 percent of the coral that surrounds many of Okinawa’s islands has died off.

Since 2005, the project has planted around 13,000 pieces of coral, at a cost of some $2 million. Only a third of the coral sprigs transplanted in 2005 have survived.

“Saving the reef is not something that we can do in three to four years,” says Mr. Hirosawa, a preservation officer at the Environment Ministry, “but more like 30 to 40 years.”

Check out the article in the NYTimes.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Frogfish from Tasi Tolu

This frogfish has made its home between two feather stars on the anchor at Tasi Tolu. I encouraged him to come out for a photo today.

On the Sea Pen